Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Warmer temps and lots of precipitation have increased flows and given lower stretches some color. Try a flashy attractor as your point fly and follow it with a small midge. A San Juan worm to a desert storm or chocolate foam wing is a good combo. A slowly stripped streamer could prove effective as well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Heads Up Flyfishing

Water flow: 131

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am-2pm

Best stretch: Main Street Bridge

Best access point: Rotary Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Drakes, caddis, spruce moth, hoppers

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

The Animas near Silverton is typical high country creek fishing. There are mostly brookies and some cutthroat. Ideally, a single dry fly is my favorite way to fish this water. If conditions dictate a small #16 beadhead dropped off the dry should do the trick. In town, nymphing or streamers have been the go to methods. Attractor patterns like a worm or egg pattern followed by a midge have been productive. There are also some big predatory fish that have taken streamers recently.

7-Day Forecast

The temps have been all over the place lately . Dress warm for the cold mornings and be sure to wear layers to stay comfortable as the day warms. Don't forget the sunscreen and to drink plenty of water. The warmer temps have started the runoff and the water is dirty. A cold spell should bring the clarity back before the full runoff really gets going.

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